Village of North Aurora | Crossroads on the Fox

Latest News


 

Homeowner Accessibility Assistance

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) offers a program to help homeowners address home accessibility issues that affect the health or safety of their families.

Low income homeowners may qualify for a grant up to $25,000 in home modification, performed by professional contractors. The Grant is Forgivable after 5 years.

Examples of eligible improvements include: grab bars, chair lift, handicap accessible showers, lowering cabinets, lowering counter tops, widening doorways, ramps, & walk-in shower. Households must meet income and other eligibility guidelines.

Please click the link for more information and a pre-application form: Illinois Housing Development Authority


North Aurora Construction Projects - Updated May 19, 2017

Airport Road, Alder Drive, and Ice Cream Drive

During the week of May 14-20, 2017 curb removal continued on Alder and Ice Cream, and the widening continued on Airport.
During the week of May 21-26, 2017. Work this week will include the framing and pouring of curb along parts of Ice Cream, Adler, and Airport. During this time driveways at Oberweis and Aurora Pump will have access to half of their driveways. The detour will continue to remain in effect until August 15, 2017. During this time only westbound traffic will be permitted from Lincolnway (Rt 31) to Randall.

Smoke Tree Lane

During the week of May 14-20, 2017 the installation of the storm sewer was completed. The stone base has been placed and compacted and will be complete Friday May 19, 2017 weather permitting.
During the week of May 21-26, 2017, curbs will be poured in the beginning part of the week, weather permitting. It is recommended employees and business owners utilize Evergreen Lane to avoid the construction.

2017 Street Improvements: Deerpath Road, Feltes Lane, Magnolia Drive, Acorn Drive, Alder Road, Cherry Tree Court, Seavey Road, Mitchell Road, and Wingfoot

During the week of May 14-20, 2017:
• Magnolia and Acorn, concrete curb, gutter and apron removal began.
• Mitchell Road had the final asphalt surface course placed and is open to traffic.
• Storm sewer installation on Cherry Tree Lane, this street is limited to through traffic.
• Deerpath Road and Seavey were paved with surface and open for traffic.
• Feltes Lane had the final asphalt surface placed and is open to traffic.

During the week of May 20-26, 2017,
• Wingfoot storm sewer system improvements will begin with the installation of 2 new inlets. The street will be open as this work progresses, please use caution, obey flaggers and traffic control devices.
• Magnolia and Acorn - curb and gutter removal and replacement will continue, there will be a significant amount of construction vehicles on these streets, please use caution when driving through this area.
• Cherry Tree Court - curb and gutter will be removed, replacement work may begin, this street is limited to through traffic, please use caution when driving through this area.

Cherry Tree Court Water Main
During the week of May 14-20, 2017 the restoration of the parkways was completed that was associated with the water main project. The contract for this project has been finalized. A separate contract includes the storm sewer installation and road reconstruction. Future updates about this work will be noted under the above project, 2017 Street Improvements.

Orchard Gateway Boulevard Water Tower Painting Project
During the week of May 14-20, 2017, the project continued with the painting of the interior of the tower. The power washing of the exterior of the water tower began in preparation of the exterior painting. The high winds and rain postponed the exterior work this week.

During the week of May 20-26, 2017, the interior painting will continue, during days with good weather work will continue on the exterior of the water tower.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these construction projects.  Please contact the Village of North Aurora Public Works Department with any questions or concerns.  


Click it or Ticket - Zero Tolerance for Seat Belt Violations

2017 Click It or Ticket

North Aurora Police Showing Zero Tolerance for Seat Belt Violations May 15-May 30

North Aurora,IL—As summer kicks off and travel increases, the North Aurora Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. The national seat-belt enforcement campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. Click It or Ticket enforces seat-belt and car-seat use to keep all motorists safe.

“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Chief David Summer. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic response when you get into a vehicle. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, we want to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe in the unfortunate event of a crash.”

The most recent crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 43 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. That percentage increases to 57 percent when just looking at crashes that occur between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists caught not buckled up will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested.

“Please help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction,” said Chief David Summer. Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time. Together, we can make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois.”

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit buckleupillinois.org 

###


Auto Mall Water Tower Painting Project

The North Aurora Auto Mall Water Tower painting project is underway.  This project will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete.  In order to complete this project, the water tower is being taken out of service, and the Village will be operating with only the East side water tower.  During this time, water flow may change as the water travels through the distribution system and residents may notice some iron (orange color) in the water.  Please know that this is not harmful, and should clear itself within a few days.

Also, during this project, the Village's water storage capacity will be reduced.  Due to this decrease in water storage, the Village is asking residents to voluntarily curtail any lawn watering and unnecessary water usage (such as car washing, power washing decks, hosing out garages etc.) until the project is completed. Once the water tower painting project is complete and the tower is back in service, residents may resume normal water usage.

This project is necessary in the Village's ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance our water towers, which allows the Village to continue to provide quality water service to our residents. The Village appreciates your cooperation as we complete this project. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Water Department at 630-897-8228, ext. 229. 


Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution

Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution - Water pollution prevention and control measures are critical to improving water quality and reducing the need for costly wastewater and drinking water treatment. Because water pollution can come from many different sources, a variety of pollution prevention and control measures are needed.

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over impervious surfaces such as driverways, sidewalks and streets, which prevents the runoff from soaking into the ground.

Stormwater runoff can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and flow into the storm sewer system or directly into lakes, rivers, ponds and wetlands. Anything that enters the storm sewer system is then discharged into bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. This in turn can increase costs for treating our drinking water.

In an attempt to educate the community on ways to prevent the potential for storm water pollution, we ask that residents be aware of the direct links between land activities and rainfall and snow melt runoff that drains into storm drains and ends up in our rivers and streams. Clean up pet waste to keep it out of street gutters; sweep up grass clippings and rake leaves to keep yardwaste debris from blowing into street gutters; apply lawn fertilizer and pesticides sparingly; control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover; clean up spilled automotive fluids such as oil, anti-freeze and transmission fluids from driveways and don’t hose the spills into the street. Please do your part to help eliminate storm water pollution.

For information on disposal of hazardous waste and pollution prevention, contact Kane County at 630-208-5118. For more recycling information, send an email to recycle@countyofkane.org or call 630-208-3841.


Call JULIE Before You Dig - dial 811

Planning a home improvement project this spring? Installing a fence or deck? Planting a tree or shrubs? Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional, be smart and call J.U.L.I.E. at 811 before you dig!

Every digging project requires that you call... even if you are just planting shrubs or bushes.

Calls should be made 48 hours (2 business days) prior to doing any digging. The call is free and JULIE will notify all utilities to mark their locations to prevent any unintentional damage to underground utilities.

So be safe and smart - Call JULIE before you dig!


Overweight / Oversize Permits

Starting April 1st, 2017 the Village of North Aurora will be changing the way we process our overweight/oversize permits. We will be using an online-based permitting system via the website, www.oxcartpermits.com. Once the software is implemented, the older system of processing permits (via fax and/or email) will be discontinued. Any of the old permitting forms submitted after that time will not be accepted and/or approved.

Any company wanting to apply for an overweight/oversize permit in the Village of North Aurora will have to use the Oxcart permitting software. Registration is easy and can be completed on the Oxcart website under the Trucking login/sign up link https://www.oxcartpermits.com/user/trucking. Once registered, companies will then be able to reap the benefits of the following via Oxcart:

• Access a simple to use online interface for requesting local permits
• Paperless permits downloadable to your computer or any mobile device
• Eliminate tedious paper processes, faxing and phone calls
• Speed the process of permit approvals
• Features an online, interactive mapping solution to assist in route selection
• Online permit approvals pushed to your email inbox
• Provide an easy, online payment system (Credit Card Only – see below)

Processing and Credit Card Fees
In addition to the Village of North Aurora permit fees, Oxcart will require a nominal processing fee for each permit. Oxcart will also assess a credit card fee for each permit processed. Those charges are as follows:

• Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Diner’s Club – 2.9% of total permitting fee (permit & processing fee combined)
• Plus a $.30 transaction fee for ALL permits

If you have any questions, please contact Sgt. Daniel Cyko or a Records Specialist at the North Aurora Police Department by calling 630-897-8705 or sending an email to truckpermit@northaurora.org.


Coyote Concerns in North Aurora and Kane County

Because coyotes are native to Illinois and are common across the entire state, it is important to learn to safely coexist with them. Coyotes also serve an important role in local ecosystems by keeping populations of smaller wild animals and vermin in check. 

According to Kane County Animal Control's website: 

"Coyotes are a permanent fixture in Kane County’s rural, suburban and urban areas. Seeing a coyote cross a field, backyard, road or golf course does not necessarily constitute a problem or dangerous situation, either for humans or domestic animals. Coyotes will be more active and more visible in late winter/ early spring during their breeding season. Most coyotes are harmless; their goal is to eat more natural foods such as mice and rabbits. However, coyotes are opportunistic. If coyotes see easy food – such as open garbage – and aren’t afraid, they may take advantage. That puts them in direct line for a confrontation with pets. Coyotes aren’t interested in eating pets, these are territorial disputes."

The following tips can help discourage coyotes: 

  • Don’t feed any wild animals such as raccoons or deer, which encourages coyotes as well.
  • Store garbage in secure containers. Do not put meat scraps in compost piles.
  • Remove bird feeders and outside pet food containers. Coyotes will prey upon small mammals that are attracted to birdseed and pet food.
  • Don’t leave small children outside unattended.
  • Don’t allow pets to run free and keep a watchful eye on them. Walk dogs on a leash, especially at night. Keep cats indoors at all times. Do not let pets out at night unless accompanied by a person. Don’t leave cat or dog food outside.
  • Clear wood piles, brush piles and other potential cover for coyotes and keep yards clean of refuse and brush.
  • Reinforce the coyotes’ natural fear of humans by turning on outside lights, making loud noises, throwing rocks and so forth. Be aggressive in your actions. Although the response may not be immediate, eventually the coyotes will flee.

Residents can educate themselves about coyotes and learn more about how to coexist with them by visiting Kane County Animal Control's website at: http://www.kanecountypets.com/Coyotes.aspx.  


Com Ed Smart Meters

As residents may have already noticed, Com Ed has provided information on Smart Meters with your Com Ed bills, including notice that they will be installing smart meters in North Aurora in the near future. The Village just learned that Com Ed will begin the installation of these smart meters in January 2017 and expect to complete the installation project by the end of March.

Smart Meters are digital electric meters that collect energy-usage information and securely send it to Com Ed. These Smart Meters are a key part of Com Ed’s effort to modernize the electric system and provide better service to customers with a stronger, more reliable electric system.

Please click on the links below for further information:

Smart Meter FAQ’s

Medidores Inteligentes Prequntas Frecuentes

ComEd’s Smart Meter Benefits

ComEd’s Website


Waste Management Holiday Pick-up Information


Waste Management Recognized Holidays - In the event that any of the following holidays fall on a weekday, all refuse, yard-waste, and recyclable collections services on that day, and for the remainder of that week, shall be delayed one day after the recognized holiday. This will generally result in trash collection on Saturday for your regular Friday pick-up. 

The following are the Waste Management RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS that will affect trash pick-up:


2017

New Years Day 1/1/17 - Trash pick-up Saturday Jan. 7
Memorial Day 5/29/17 - Trash pick-up Saturday June 3
Independence Day 7/4/17  - Trash pick-up Saturday July 8
Labor Day 9/4/17 - Trash pick-up Saturday Sept. 9
Thanksgiving Day 11/23/17 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 25
Christmas Day 12/25/17 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 30

All other holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, or Veterans Day WILL NOT affect your regular Friday trash pick-up.

 


Kane County Hoarding Task Force - Information and Assistance


What is hoarding?

"Hoarding is a complex disorder that is made up of three connected problems: 1) collecting too many items, 2) difficulty getting rid of items, and 3) problems with organization. These problems can lead to significant amounts of clutter which can severely limit the use of living spaces, pose safety and/or health risks, and result in significant distress and/or impairment in day-to-day living."  -  International OCD Foundation

North Aurora is a member of the Kane County Hoarding Task Force, which provides individuals, agencies, and organizations with the tools to help with this issue and aims to serve as a clearinghouse of hoarding information and resources in Kane County, Illinois. 

The Kane County Hoarding Task Force was formed in 2014 to create a holistic approach to dealing with hoarding situations in Kane County. Member agencies work together to address all aspects of care, including mental health, senior services, animal control, cleanup and prevention of recidivism. 

If you or someone you know needs help with a hoarding situation or would like more information on resources, Please click on the link at http://www.kchoarding.org/ for information and connections for help with the following:

• Animal Welfare Representatives
• Attorneys
• Clean-up/Restoration
• Financial Services
• Government Agencies
• Human Service Agencies

North Aurora - Municipal Task Force Contact
North Aurora Police Dept
Ofc. Robyn Stecklein
630-906-8146
rstecklein@vil.north-aurora.il.us


Southwest Fox Valley Cable Consortium


The Village of North Aurora would like to remind residents that pertinent information about our community is always available on the Southwest Fox Valley Cable Consortium's public access channel.  

Additionally, please take a moment to complete a short survey (5-10 minutes to complete) which is designed to give Comcast customers in the Southwest Fox Valley Cable and Telecommunications Consortium communities (North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich and Yorkville) an opportunity to assist the Consortium in determining cable-related needs and interests as provided for by the Federal Cable Act (47 U.S.C. 546(a)(1)) and local ordinances. To take the survey, please click the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sfvctc_cable_survey 


Contact Village Hall

Village of North Aurora
25 East State Street
North Aurora, IL 60542

Driving Directions

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Village Departments

Administration (630) 897-8228 ext. 224
Administration Fax (630) 897-8258
Police (630) 897-8705
Police Fax (630) 897-8700
Finance (630) 897-8228 ext. 225
Community Development (630) 897-1457 ext. 222
Code Enforcement (630) 897-1457 ext. 231
Building and Zoning (630) 897-1457 ext. 259
Public Works (630) 897-8228 ext. 260
Water (630) 897-8228 ext. 223
Fire District (630) 897-9698